When I was 5 years old, my mom and I went on a road trip from Colorado to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore.

But, as we drove for what seemed like FOREVER we noticed something very strange... there were no cars... no stores... no houses... not even a single gas station for HOURS!

And as the gas light came on and we were surrounded by nothing but wilderness... we saw a sign for the Pine Ridge Reservation.

"How can people live out here and survive?" I asked my mom and her answer shocked me... "They can't... at least not well."

That's when I KNEW I wanted to help the people of Pine Ridge... and with COVID now spreading on the reservation, I have my heart and mind set on filling a 53 FOOT TRAILER with supplies.

And, if you landed on this page... then I need your huge heart to help me too because they need us more than ever!

If you've never heard of the Pine Ridge Reservation... let me tell you a little bit about who you'll be helping and WHY we need to help NOW.

Did you know that...

-->The average life expectancy on the reservation is just 47 years old for men and 52 years old for women.

-->The infant mortality rate is 300% higher and teen suicide rates are 150% higher than the U.S. National Average.

-->Only 19% of the population lives past their 50th birthday.

But, that's not all...

-->97% of the population lives WELL below the poverty line and make less than $3,500 A YEAR!

-->There is only 1 grocery store to serve 25,000 people, often without fresh fruits or vegetables.

-->There is NO industry, technology or commercial infrastructure to provide
employment which is why 90% of residents are UNEMPLOYED. (The nearest town to find work is at least 120 miles away)

And reading these last few made me cry, but I know together WE can help them because...

--> 33% of homes have NO electricity or access to running water or a sewage system. 

--> Summer temperatures reach well over 110 degrees and winters bring bitter
cold that can easily reach -50 degrees below zero (or worse!)

--> 60% of homes on the reservation need to be demolished due to infestation of potentially fatal black mold, but there are no insurance or government programs to assist families in replacing their homes.

--> There are, on average, 17 people that live in one small two-bedroom home, with many being forced to sleep on dirt floors.

If you've read this far... then do one more thing (please!)

Can you donate to help me fill this 53-FOOT TRAILER to take to South Dakota in Feb/March 2021?

With your support, I know we can show the world that #NativeLivesMatter.

I love you guys!



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Llacey Simmons
Gaithersburg, MD
Cool & Dope Corp
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